Get started with FreeBSD: A brief intro for Linux users

This article by Paul Venezia, InfoWorld.com, shows us how to get started on FreeBSD, for the Linux user.

equations on chalkboard 87173350Among the legions of Linux users and admins, there seems to be a sort of passive curiosity about FreeBSD and other *BSDs. Like commuters on a packed train, they gaze out at a less crowded, vaguely mysterious train heading in a slightly different direction and wonder what traveling on that train might be like — for a moment. The few who cross over find themselves in a place that is equal parts familiar and foreign. And the strange parts can be scary.

For those who’ve known only Linux, FreeBSD has places of darkness and confusion. But if you know what they are going in, it’s easy enough to get past them. I’ve been a BSD guy since the heady days of BSDi and SunOS, so let me give you a brief introduction. You might be surprised at how much you like it.

Read the full article here: http://www.infoworld.com/article/2858288/unix/intro-to-freebsd-for-linux-users.html

SECURITY : OPENBSD VS FREEBSD

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openBSDOpenBSD and FreeBSD are both great OS that I admire and use. OpenBSD is considered more secure since it is its main goal, but FreeBSD can be tweaked to be pretty well hardened as well. Depending on the forums or to who we ask, we will have different opinions. But what are the facts? Which OS is more secure and why?

I am not asking the question about which one is globally better, as “better” has a different meaning depending on the context and the needs (ISP routers, datafreebsd-logo-largebase servers, home gateway, desktop system, storage server or appliance, etc…). On some enterprises doing a major OS upgrade every 6 months or every year is doable, on others, it’s not possible at all. Also, it depends if one needs performance for streaming (Netflix), or if security is a top priority for a redondant firewall. Everyone needs is different, and both OS are highly useful.

If we strictly focus on security, how FreeBSD compares to OpenBSD security wise? In what follows, we will dig into memory protection, system and network security features, and default “out of the box” security. The purpose is to give unbiased facts, to compare point by point both OS. I am not trying to find the “best” OS and discredit the other, I love and use both :-) Let us try to find out the integrated security features of both OS, the visit continues below!

Check out the full comparison here – http://networkfilter.blogspot.com/2014/12/security-openbsd-vs-freebsd.html

Install Samba 3.6.x, BASH, and Webmin on FreeBSD

These short tutorials by Julian’s Corner shows us how to install Samba, BASH, and Webmin on FreeBSD.

Install Samba 3.6.x on FreeBSD
  • Update the ports snapshot
portsnap fetch update
  • Install Samba 3.6.x
cd /usr/ports/net/samba36
make install clean
  • Select the options that you want, then click OK.

Install BASH shell on FreeBSD

Bash is an sh-compatible command language interpreter that executes commands read from the standard input or from a file. csh / tcsh (C shell with file name completion and command line editing) is the default shell under FreeBSD. However, you can easily install and use bash as shell.

Installation
  • Update the ports snapshot
portsnap fetch update
  • Install BASH
cd /usr/ports/shells/bash
make install clean
Configure FreeBSD to use BASH
  • To update existing users to use BASH, enter:
chsh -s /usr/local/bin/bash {username}

Install Webmin on FreeBSD
Installation
  • Update the ports snapshot
portsnap fetch update
  • Install webmin
cd /usr/ports/sysutils/webmin
make install clean
  • Accept the default options for perl.
Configuration
  • Configure webmin on startup
vi /etc/rc.conf
  • Append following line:
webmin_enable="YES"
  • Save and close the file.
  • Run the Webmin configuration setup file and anwser the questions.
/usr/local/lib/webmin/setup.sh

Original page: https://julianscorner.com/bsd/start

Buffer Overflow Vulnerability in FreeBSD Discovered by Norse

Norse_LNorse announced today that they discovered a buffer overflow vulnerability in FreeBSD which they privately disclosed to the FreeBSD security team, who subsequently issued a security advisory with some details on the flaw and options for remedy (FreeBSD-SA-14:27.stdio).

FreeBSD is an advanced computer operating system employed to power modern servers, desktops and embedded platforms, according to the project’s organizers, who have collaborated with a large community of developers for more than thirty years.

Read the full blog with instructions on how to patch: http://blog.norsecorp.com/2014/12/10/buffer-overflow-vulnerability-in-freebsd-discovered-by-norse/

How To: Install OTRS 4.0.2 on FreeBSD 10.1 (with ZFS, MySQL56, Apache24)

User kuantem wrote this tutorial on how to install OTRS Help Desk software onto FreeBSD.

http://www.otrs.com/wp-uploads//2013/10/OTRS_Logo.pngAfter dealing with OTRS Help Desk on Ubuntu Server for a couple of years (which actually worked quite well for our small IT firm!), I’ve finally decided to migrate this great Help Desk platform over to FreeBSD, simply because I love it! I’m no FreeBSD master, but I’ve figured out just enough to get this working. So here we go…
~Alex

Step 1: Pre Installation Tasks

(Assuming you have a new FreeBSD 10.1 installation with ZFS. Which I’ve installed on MS Hyper-V Server 2012 R2.)

Edit /etc/rc.conf and verify the hostname of your FreeBSD/OTRS server as well as the static IP address. Which may look something like this:

Code:
# Networking
hostname="OTRS"
ifconfig_de0="inet 192.168.1.20 netmask 255.255.255.0"
defaultrouter="192.168.1.1"
sshd_enable="YES"
zfs_enable="YES"
apache24_enable="YES"
mysql_enable="YES"

Full instructions here: https://forums.freebsd.org/threads/how-to-install-otrs-4-0-2-on-freebsd-10-1-with-zfs-mysql56-apache24.49365/

 

BSDNow.TV Episode 66 – Conference Connoisseur

In this BSD Now episode, hosts Allan Jude and Kris Moore interview Paul Schenkeveld, the chairman of the EuroBSDCon Foundation, regarding his experiences in running BSD conferences and how regular users can help with involvement. Press play below to tune in:

Official post: http://www.bsdnow.tv/episodes/2014_12_03-conference-connoisseur